Fall Quarter classes are in session. Because our classes meet for 10 weeks at a time, we are not able to add new students until a new quarter begins. Fall Quarter meets September 10-November 12. We take a break during Winter Quarter, and Spring classes usually begin in March. View our resource library online at https://eastgatechurch.libib.com/ Our resource library is in three separate libraries- Books, CDs, and Movies Create an online account to renew library items and add holds Have a wonderful Fall season!

Kinder Enrichment

1st-2nd Grade

3rd-6th Grade

7th-10th Grade

Parent Volunteering

Fall Quarter Dates

 

FAQs

Information About Co-op

Q:

Why is there a Registration Fee and what does it cover?

A:

There are some fees that Co-op pays each year, such as the $8 membership fee for the website per family. Our background screening process is also detailed and takes awhile sometimes to fully clear volunteers. Because we want our children as safe as possible, we sometimes do a quick second background check in addition to the detailed one. This costs extra and is not needed for everyone. Co-op has been absorbing these fees, but we need to make sure this program is sustainable long-term. We considered raising fees, but are always reluctant to do so unless absolutely necessary, so we decided to add a once a year registration fee for all families to make up the difference for these expenses. This is a slight increase for all families, but it is less than if we upped fees for all students for both quarters.

Q:

When and how often do you meet?

A:

Classes meet on Tuesdays during the school year for 10 weeks per Semester (Fall and Spring). 

Q:

What is your worldview?

A:

We have a non-denominational Christian, Biblical creation worldview. Our classes and worship time reflect these.

Q:

How much does it cost to join your Co-op?

A:

See our "Fees" page for specific fees.

Q:

What do your fees cover?

A:

The fees cover the cost of our paid teachers, curriculum, and non-student-specific class supplies such as bows/arrows/targets, cake dummies/turn tables, nets/rackets/balls, art supplies, experiment supplies, non-student-specific texts, dinosaur fossil kits, Kinder activities, Lego Story Starter supplies, portable white boards, folding tables, lanyards/name tags, etc

Q:

Why do some classes have extra fees?

A:

Some classes have extra fees if there are higher than usual costs for the class (such as Candy Making or Sewing), if students need materials that they will get to keep when the class is over (such as Advanced Shakespeare books or Cake Decorating piping kits), or if the class requires student-specific workbooks (such as Astronomy or any of our IEW Structure Writing classes). The reason for this is that our fees are too low to be able to handle the extra cost associated with these higher-than-usual class expenses.

Q:

Do you offer reduced fees?

A:

Possibly, if parents are able and willing to volunteer extra. Parents who teach are able to enroll 2 children in the program free for each class they teach. We also often need extra parent volunteers to help teachers during classes (especially for the 1st-3rd Grade class) and may be able to offer discounts to parents who can volunteer extra to meet specific class needs.

The reduced fees only cover the enrollment fees for the class itself and do not cover any extra fees (such as cake decorating or workbook fees).

Q:

Can I teach a class for a discount in fees?

A:

Yes, absolutely! We love it when parents want to volunteer to teach a class. Parent teachers are able to enroll up to 2 children free for each class they teach.  We like to get to know prospective teachers as they volunteer on a rotating schedule in our classes for a quarter before we have them teach. This allows us to get to know you and you to get to know us, our kids, and our Co-op program in general. If there is a specific class you would like to teach, please talk to us!

Q:

Since this is a Co-op, do you require parent participation?

A:

Yes, our fees are as low as they are because parents volunteer to help in classes 3-4 times each during the 10-week quarter. We usually need more help with our younger children, but some of the older classes, such as survival skills, could also use extra help. Families who prefer to pay extra per child can choose to opt out of helping. Paying extra to opt out will only be possible for Kinder and 1st-3rd Grade students if we have enough parent helpers or if helping really is a hardship.

Q:

Why are your Parent Volunteer Buy-Out Fees so high???

A:

We came up with the buy-out fee when we were paying an employee to cover our shortage of parent helpers. At that time, minimum wage was $10. It has gone up since then, but if a parent had one child in Kinder and helped 3-4 times during the semester, that ended up being 3 hours per day she helped (8:45-11:45 am including set up and clean up), which cost us $30 per day. Multiply that amount by 3-4 days that the parent helps during the semester, it costs us $90-$120 to cover each parent who is unable to help in classes. If another parent is able to help more than her 3-4 days, we have often reduced her children's fees by the $30/day as compensation. To make costs even out, the money has to come from somewhere. I know the fees can seem high, but the cost is high when we have to hire other people in order to provide enough staff coverage to properly supervise and ensure the safety of our kids. We actually do not make any money on our Co-op program and are happy that we are usually able to break even. We frequently hold fundraisers during the year to cover any shortages we may have without having to raise prices.

Q:

Do I need to stay while my child is at Co-op?

A:

You only need to stay if you are on the schedule to volunteer that day. Otherwise, you are welcome to drop your child off.

An exception to this would be if your child has been having disciplinary problems at Co-op. We have steps we take to try to correct these issues, but the final step is requiring a parent to stay on site, or even in class with their child, if their child consistently chooses to bully, run off, or disrupt the class.

Q:

Can I stay and observe my child's classes and/or check on my child periodically while my child is at Co-op?

A:

Yes, absolutely. Parents have complete access to their children at all times. As long as you have completed and been approved through our background screening process, you are welcome to stay on-site, in your child's classroom, or even just check on your child as often as you would like (as long as it's not disruptive to the class).

Q:

I see you offer some field trips. Can I drop my child off for field trips?

A:

No. All field trips and extra events are Family Events, which means that Co-op does not offer transportation or monitoring for any children. It is assumed and understood that parents must attend field trips and monitor their own children (unless they make other arrangements with a friend or family member, of course). There are also often admittance fees for field trips (though they are usually much less than the regular fees).

Q:

Do you require participation in Fundraisers?

A:

We often hold fundraisers to raise money for large items for our program, such as our Chromebooks (laptops) or Lego Robotics. When we hold large fundraisers, we do ask parents to help in some way because all Co-op children benefit from our fundraisers. 

Q:

Do you require teachers and volunteers to do background checks?

A:

Yes, we require all teachers and volunteers to complete an online training and background check through Verified Volunteers.

Class Registration Problems

Q:

Why can't I register for classes?

A:

There are a couple of reasons you might not be able to register for classes.

1) All parents must first request membership on our website and must be approved by the Co-op Director before being able to register. A screen usually pops up when you come to this website where you can request membership. If it doesn't come up for you, you can request membership by going to the top right corner and clicking on the arrow button. There are several questions you will be asked when you request membership. Because we have to pay $8 per family per year to use this website, the Director will probably want to speak or chat via email/text with you and get more information as well as answer any questions you might have before your membership request is approved.

2) If your membership request has been approved by the Director and you still can't register, perhaps registration is not open yet. We often have a staggered registration system--returning families have the opportunity to register first and then new families.

3) If you know that registration is open for you and you still can't register, are you logged in? You have access to a lot more information, including class registration, once you are logged in.